(August 24, 2018) In late July, the state of Kerala, India was devastated by severe flooding due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. Over 10,000 kms of roads have been wrecked and more than 20,000 homes destroyed. The flooding and aftermath of the natural disaster continues. To date, over 300 people have died and more than 1 million people have been displaced and are living in relief camps, including more than 175,000 children under the age of 12.
Pope Francis has expressed his hope that "these brothers and sisters would always be supported by our solidarity and by concrete support from the international community."
In an effort to support people in Kerala who have been impacted by this disaster, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be channelled through the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council. Funds will be used initially to provide food, drinking water, clothes and medicine to people who have been displaced. In the long term, funds will be used for the reconstruction of communities.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411• Through the parish, making cheques payable to:Name of Parish – 2018 Kerala Floods – Disaster Relief
Please use the generic humanitarian relief envelopes sent to parishes for relief collections. If you require more envelopes, contact the Supply & Services department. (Please gather funds and send one parish cheque to the Development Office, made out to Archdiocese of Toronto – 2018 Kerala Floods.)
We offer our prayers for all those impacted by this natural disaster. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.